Title

A legal and social analysis of 'one punch' cases in Western Australia

Document Type

Journal Article

Publisher

University of Western Sydney

Place of Publication

Penrith, NSW

Faculty

Faculty of Business and Law / Faculty of Education and Arts

School

School of Business and Law / School of Arts and Humanities

RAS ID

19762

Comments

Originally published as: Ferguson, C., & Robson, R. (2015). A legal and social analysis of one punch cases in Western Australia. University of Western Sydney Law Review, 18(2014/15), 19-45. Original article available here

Abstract

As a result of increasing violence, particularly prevalent in the North Bridge entertainment area in Perth, in August 2008 a new offense was added to the Western Australian Criminal Code 1913 (WA). The formal terminology for this offence is 'unlawful assault causing death.' Colloquially it was referred to as 'One Punch' legislation; a term that has recently moved through other colloquial terms such as 'King Hit' and currently 'Coward's Punch.' The change in colloquial terminology was an effort to stigmatise the behaviour in the eyes of young men, the targeted population of the legislation according the government and media reports.